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By Any Other Name: Mail-Order Brides and Sex Trafficking

I’m sorry for disappearing again.  The influx of trolls wasn’t that bad-only one comment really hurt, because it said I deserved it in a certain way.   I always felt that the only thing that would pull me away again would be being hurt again, and guess what?  That happened in a way.

My period hadn’t come for 80-something days, so I went the gynecologist to try to figure out if this was normal for someone coming off of the pill and maybe check my hormone levels.  I made it clear from the start I didn’t want a pap smear, and she didn’t say I had to have one, until I was already on the exam table.  I still said I didn’t want to but she said I had to, and I guess I froze up from there.  I haven’t felt that violated in years.  It feels stupid because it’s just an exam and they all say it doesn’t/shouldn’t hurt, but it did.  I felt, and still feel, like I was raped again. 

I’m not sure how to label it or anything-that word feels too extreme, maybe.  Just feels like it shouldn’t have happened, because I thought I wasn’t as “weak” as I was before, when I didn’t fight back.  But I still froze up, and didn’t fight really. 

I avoided radical feminist stuff for months-I didn’t read a single book or article.  I didn’t even talk about radfem issues, unless it was blatantly shoved in my face.  I can’t really explain why, I guess, but I think it maybe just felt pointless in a way, since I thought I was stronger for it and, look what happened?  I still let myself get hurt.  I knew the medical establishment was shit, yet I still let it win.  It’s not really the same, but I imagine it might be how Dworkin felt after she was raped the last time.  Knowing so much about the issues makes it worse for me.

Anyways, I figured I’d share the one thing I did write during this space: my term paper for Global Feminism.  It isn’t as radical or angry as I felt about the issue, because college (and liberal feminism) discourages that sort of thinking, but the approach I think couldn’t come from anywhere but radical feminism.  I started with the idea that marriage is basically prostitution, and you can see where it goes from there.    Warning: It’s loooong.  And by the way, I got an A.

        The “mail-order bride” industry, as it is known, has grown significantly since the advent of the internet and represents many of the forces of globalization.  Estimates on the number of marriages orchestrated by mail-order bride agencies vary and many suffer from methodological problems, but generally report around a few thousand marriages a year in the United States.   Concerns have frequently been raised about the exploitation involved in mail-order marriages, resulting in media and scholarly attention to the issue.  Reading the literature, it becomes apparent that there are connections between the mail-order bride industry and human trafficking.  Some of these connections are concrete, such as the use of mail-order bride services for recruiting victims, while other connections lie in the forces behind the trades and the people involved with it.

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Not that I advocate violence or anything…buuuuuut

South Africa strip club owner ‘Lolly’ Jackson shot dead

Fuck yeah.   I dunno who did it, although I’m pretty sure it wasn’t some radical feminist vigilante, but they still deserve some props for taking the guy out.  Made me quite happy, till I read one part of the article.

He has been sued by several former employees, including a Bulgarian woman who said Mr Jackson had confiscated her passport while she worked for him.

He said he kept foreign employees’ passports to stop them “running away with a rich farmer” or losing their documents.

Can you say TRAFFICKING?   For fucks sake, traffickers are known to take women’s papers in order to keep them under control and make them fear speaking to law enforcement, since they could be deported.   And it’s not like he’s just “alleged” to do this by one woman (and we all know women are lying bitches who make shit up all the time)-he fucking ADMITS it!  How the fuck was this man not in fucking jail, let alone a wealthy businessman.  Of course, the BBC fails to mention that this what TRAFFICKERS do.  You know, what they do when they are TRAFFICKING women.  Holy shit.  The fucking nerve.

Where the fuck were the “sex-positives” decrying his patronizing attitude? They call radical feminists “patronizing” all the goddamn time and then famous, big-name white dudes with actual power like this asshole aren’t decried?   How does that make any fucking sense?  You’d either have to 1) not give a rat’s ass about nonwhite and nonwestern women 2) be ignorant of the bad sides of the sex industry (tho they say they’re experts and radfems don’t know anything) or 3) only care about yourself.   Personally, from the “sex-positive” bullshit I’ve seen, I say it’s all three.

God, I was seeing red when I realized that.  Hopefully the women are able to get their papers back now that he’s dead.